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Richard Henry Leigh
Admiral, United States Navy
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Admiral Richard Henry Leigh

Born August 12, 1870 in Batesville (Panola Country) Mississippi
Son of Elbridge Garry Leigh & Susan (Gattis) Leigh
Married Minnie Hartwell Barksdale February 15, 1897 (no children)
Died at Long Beach, California, February 4, 1946

Graduated from the US. Naval Academy 1891

Ensign, United States Navy, 1891
Vice Admiral 1930
Admiral 1931

 Commanding Officer, USS. Galveston 1913-15
Assistant Chief, Bureau of Engineering until 1918
Chief of Staff, US. Naval Forces in Europe 1918-19
Assistant Chief, Bureau of Navigation 1919-20
Commanding Officer, USS. Tennessee until 1924
Student, Naval War College 1924-25
Chief of Staff, United States Fleet 1926-27
Chief, Bureau of Navigation 1927-30
Commander, Battleships, Battle Force 1930-31
Commander-in-Chief, Battle Force 1931-32
Commander-in-Chief, United States Fleet 1932-33
Chairman, Navy General Board 1933-34
Retired 1934

Served in Spanish-American War.
Served onboard battleship USS Oregon during the Boxer uprising in China 1900.
Among the Navy Officers convened to investigate the sinking of the USS Maine in Havana Harbor. While Assistant Chief, Bureau of Engineering he helped develop listening devices for hunting submarines.

RH Leigh Library of Congress PHOTO Submitted By Bill Gonyo

Courtesy of the Library of Congress
Received From Bill Gonyo

RH Leigh Time Magazine Cover



 Admiral served as Commander-in-Chief of the United States Fleet in the 1930s.  Research regarding his life continues.

RH Leigh PHOTO


RH Leigh Gravesite PHOTO

LEIGH, MINNIE BARKSDALE WID OF LEIGH, RICHARD HENRY
DATE OF BIRTH: 09/27/1871
DATE OF DEATH: 02/09/1966
DATE OF INTERMENT: 02/14/1966
BURIED AT: SECTION 4 _  SITE 3055 NS
ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY
 WIFE OF RH LEIGH - ADM USN

LEIGH, RICHARD HENRY
ADMIRAL US NAVY RETIRED
VETERAN SERVICE DATES: Unknown
DATE OF DEATH: 02/04/1946
DATE OF INTERMENT: 03/27/1946
BURIED AT: SECTION 4  SITE 3055 SS
ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY

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Posted: 9 January 2002  Updated: 14 January 2002 Updated: 29 February 2004  Updated: 8 May 2004  Updated: 3 October 2004 Updated: 26 November 2005
Updated: 19 October 2007 Updated: 30 July 2009
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RH Leigh Gravesite PHOTO October 2007
Photo By: M. R. Patterson, October 2007

RH Leigh Gravesite PHOTO
Photo By M. R. Patterson, 24 April 2004